Saturday, December 14 - Sunday, December 22

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm    Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Center Court (by Mr. Smoothie & Zales)
8555 Seneca Turnpike, New Hartford, NY 13413

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Holiday Shopping @ Sangertown in december

​The History Center returns to Sangertown Square Mall for its 10th year this holiday season to operate our satellite bookstore.  This offsite store provides extended hours to meet your busy holiday schedule and a great selection of local history titles and merchandise. New titles this year include Around & About: A Reporter’s Love Letter to the People and Places of Utica and Oneida County, Rome Memories: A Photographic History of the Early Years, and Bean Pickers: American Immigrant Portraits.  Visit us at the mall to shop local and support local history.
After over a decade of service, OCHC Executive Director, Brian Howard, has offered his formal resignation, effective 12/31/2019. Brian is leaving at the end of the year to take a similar position with the North Andover Historical Society in Massachusetts. This opportunity will allow him to continue to pursue his career goals and bring his family full circle to the location of his forefathers’ first settlement in North America.

Board Chairman Andrew Weimer said, “Brian’s 12-year tenure has been full of highlights, growth, and significant building of relationships across Oneida County and beyond.”  “He will be leaving the History Center in a wonderful position for success and further growth moving forward.”

The OCHC Board of Trustees has established a search committee to recruit a new executive director that will start in early 2020.

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Hours of Operation

Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 Pm

**Closed from 10:45 am - 1:00 pm Wed., Dec. 11, 2019**

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Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 pm- ​The WWII 10th Mountain Division 

Join Hamilton College History Professor Maurice Isserman for an illustrated talk on his just-published book, The Winter Army: The 10th Mountain Division in World War II. The ranks of the 10th were filled by men who in civilian life were already proficient in skiing and mountaineering. They were shipped to the Italian front and their actions in the Apennine Mountains and the Alps led to the German surrender in Italy on May 2, 1945. The division was disbanded in late 1945, but reestablished in the 1980s, and is based today at Fort Drum, in Watertown, New York

Tuesday, December 10 from 4:30-6:30 pm- Fifth Annual Peace Carol

You're invited to join the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica for their 5th Annual Peace Carol. The evening honors the Christmas Truce of World War One and encourages peace throughout our community. Enjoy carols, a stroll through history, and light refreshments. Individuals of all faiths and cultures are invited to attend. Free!​

Saturday, December 14 at 1:00 pm- Celtic & Germanic Stories, Songs and Poems of Antiquity 

Terry McMaster will present traditional stories, songs, and poetry from Irish, Welsh, Scottish and German traditions. “Song of Amergin,” Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky in German, and the Welsh tale of shape-shifting transformation “The Birth of Taliesin” are just a few of the pieces to be performed.

Friday-Saturday, December 27-28 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm- FUNTRAK Model Train Display

The Frankfort United N-Trak Model Railroad Club returns for their annual post-holiday exhibition. Enjoy the club's model trains and visit with fellow rail enthusiasts of all ages. On display in the OCHC main gallery.

Other Upcoming Events:

Saturday, January 4 at 1:00 pm- Clinton Hockey History with Dick Williams

Saturday, January 11 at 1:00 pm- History Show & Tell with Joe Kelly

Saturday, January 18 at 1:00 pm- The Underground Railroad in CNY with Norm Dan